Glamorgan promise inquiry into Swalec lights failure

Glamorgan have attempted to explain the reason’s behind the embarrassing floodlight failure during their opening Friends Life t20 clash against Middlesex at the Swalec Stadium on June 3.

The Welsh county won their opening group game by 45 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis Method after registering their highest Twenty20 Cup score in Cardiff. But the comprehensive win was marred when three of the four floodlight pylons failed during Middlesex’s reply.

Middlesex Panthers had reached 121 for six in reply to Glamorgan Dragons’ 199 for four when the lights went out.

In the end play did resume at the ridiculous hour of 10.40pm, even though the players and umpires had already shaken hands on the result, with Middlesex required to get 62 from 19 balls in a revised victory target of 183. Glamorgan then bowled Middlesex out for 137.

Chairman Paul Russell was forced to admit the floodlight failure was hugely embarrassing and promised an internal inquiry. And in a club statement, Glamorgan operations manager Simon Lee attempted to explain the problem.

“The surge was due to a main switch failure which was beyond our control,” said Lee. “The stadium electrician was on hand and was able to rectify the problem within approximately 30 minutes. We were within ECB regulations to resume play under the Duckworth/Lewis method.”

Captain Alviro Petersen, who top-scored with 72 in Glamorgan’s total of 199 for four, outlined his version of events.

“I have been involved in a situation before where the lights went off,” said Petersen. “On this occasion we actually shook hands and thought the game was over.

“This was because the umpires had a call from someone who told them the lights would not go back on, so we had won the game. We started shaking hands but as soon as that happened the lights came back on.

“I immediately told the umpires and opposition captain we were prepared to play and wanted to get a proper result. Credit to the umpires and Middlesex for agreeing. It was the right result and our team showed a lot of professionalism under difficult circumstances.”

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